Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City

Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City

Hey travellers to Japan, check out this in-depth guide to the cultural Japanese city and begin planning your Kyoto Itinerary for your visit to the expansive region.

 

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Four Days in Kyoto, it hardly seems enough. Therefore, I can only cringe when I see travellers’ itineraries of Japan that only include a day in Kyoto.

Can you imagine trying to fill in the Fushimi Irani Shrine, Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizudera, Arashiyami and other must-see attractions in about 12-hours? It’s not possible because these fantastic places need valuable time and energy to appreciate the beauty of each attraction.

A Kyoto 4 day Itinerary requires careful planning. In this article, I hope to assist you in managing your time in one of Japan’s most popular cities with an abundance of unique places to see.

My own time in Kyoto required long days travelling by the magnificent public transportation system or wandering through the region by foot and taking everything in as slowly as possible.

I enjoyed visiting eye-catching temples, historic landmarks and exploring the great outdoors with splendid scenery against the mountains in the background.

For now, let’s prepare the itinerary and get your trip to Kyoto off to a positive start with a rough plan of what to do and where to go when visiting Kyoto.

You’ll soon realise that Kyoto in 4 days is the absolute minimum amount of time you’ll need to spend in the expansive region of Japan.

 

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Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City.

 

 

 

Kyoto 4 Day Itinerary – What to do in the Traditional Japanese City

 

 

Getting to Kyoto From Osaka or Kansai International Airport

Because transportation in Japan is right, you can get into Kyoto from anywhere, with a train or bus the ideal transportation, or arriving by car on the fantastic roads that are in excellent condition.

Generally, people travel from Osaka to Kyoto or even Kansai International Airport, which is about half an hour out of Osaka. However, there are several ways into the city, including getting there from Tokyo.

Many train lines run to Kyoto from Osaka, whether it’s direct or through the metro lines that require changing trains on alternate routes.

If you are travelling from Kansai Airport, the quickest way to Kyoto is to catch the JR Haruka 20 line, which is almost direct and includes a stop at Osaka Station. The trip takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes and cost around 3400-yen.

Taking other routes to Kyoto from the airport usually takes around 40-minutes longer, but it can save you 1000-yen in price if money is an issue.

If your Kyoto trip does begin from Osaka, the metro lines will do the trick with many avenues getting you to Kyoto city, and it can take approximately one hour to get there with the cost ranging from 400-yen to 1300-yen.

The best way to travel the metro lines in the Osaka and Kyoto regions, including other nearby cities, is to purchase an ICOCA card from train stations ticketing machines or Japan Rail Office. There is one located at the Kansai Airport.

 

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Get around Osaka and Kyoto with ease with your handy ICOCA card.

 

 

Where to stay in Kyoto

There is plenty of options in Kyoto for places to visit with accommodation available for all budgets.

Although you will be hard-pressed to find many hotels available for under $80 a night unless you are willing to stay in a guest house or backpackers, the prices can skyrocket if travelling with a family.

I highly recommend the Mitsui Garden Hotel, which I stayed in during my time in Kyoto as a solo traveller that cost around $110 per night. However, prices can vary depending on the season you travel.

The Mitsui Garden Hotel is conveniently located, clean, comfortable and will do the job for a low to a mid-priced hotel in Kyoto.

 

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo.

 

 

Day 1 – Settling in Kyoto

I am sure long before you arrive in the city; you have been planning your own Kyoto Itinerary, no matter how many days you are staying in the city.

At least with four days available to you, there is time to settle into your trip, instead of trying to visit Kyoto in a day and get to as many attractions as possible.

On day one, I suggest you get to know the area where you are staying, visit a temple, go to a nearby market/street thoroughfare or take in a city walk to get to know the local area around you.

Before enjoying a comfortable night relaxing in your hotel and heading off an epic adventure on day two in Kyoto.

Now let’s check out these suggestions below for your first day in Kyoto, which is hopefully an excellent start to your trip:

 

City Walks in Kyoto

Start your journey off with a personal Kyoto City Tour. I am not telling you to go everywhere, but take a glimpse of the city by walking the streets and getting to know your surroundings and familiarising yourself a little.

Please have a look at the stunning Kyoto Station, which alone can take hours of your time with fancy restaurants, an underground shopping mall chaotic scenes inside the station itself (there are many platforms).

The backstreets are unique and quiet. I suggest you walk down a quiet alleyway and look at the different housing, restaurants, and businesses set up on Kyoto’s backstreets. It is fascinating.

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Enjoy the backstreets in the city.

 

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is a lively place with many tourists and locals with a real positive and loud atmosphere.

In areas of the markets, it’s populated with tourists and locals, and it can make moving about quite tricky, but that happens in most tourist zones in Japan.

For sale, there is a range of Japanese foods of either grilled meats, sushi, crepes, ramen and plenty of other tasty eats with lots of green tea ice-cream situated in several locations throughout the markets.

Tasty foods are not the only thing to get excited about inside Nishiki Markets; many Japanese style souvenirs stalls sell stylish chopsticks, unique arts, men’s/women’s clothing and other goods you may get tempted to buy for a souvenir of your holiday in Kyoto.

 

Nishiki Market

Great food in Nishiki Market.

 

Kamo River

You can take a picturesque Kamo Riverwalk whenever you have spare time in Kyoto Itinerary.

For myself, it happened to be on day one (and day two, for that matter) where I had a little free time, and I wanted to take a stroll in the fresh air in a city that offers modern facilities and stunning nature in the outdoors.

Kamo River is a favourite spot for those who want a casual stroll, go exercising with a long run, or sit on the banks of the river and take it easy for a while by gazing at the picturesque surroundings in front of your admiring eyes.

It’s a majestic river that runs through the whole city and further on again, but you only need to see a small part to get your slice of the Kamo River.

 

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Kamo River in Kyoto Japan.

Day 2 – The Eastern part of Kyoto City

On the second day, things really begin to heat up as the feet get moving to many different places inside Kyoto.

During the second day of my Kyoto tour, I headed to the Eastern part of Kyoto, only a little distance from the city centre, where many historical attractions awaited to be seen and it was magnificent.

 

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Heian Shrine

The key to most attractions in Kyoto is to get in early and attempt to beat the crowds, which is clearly hard to do if have a Kyoto day trip is planned and visiting many attractions. You can try your best to beat the crowds, but eventually, it proves to be fruitless because the crowds will come.

Heian Shrine is a decorated Japanese structure that has a splendid appeal in both texture and colour. The Shrine was built a relatively short time ago, regarding history, in 1895 and was dedicated to the emperors who reigned supreme in Kyoto, Japan.

Inside the main grounds are four main buildings which are separated and sit horizontal to one another, and the white limestone flooring creates a great shuffling noise while taking a stroll across the grounds of Heian Shrine.

A must when visiting Heian Shrine is to visit the gardens around the back. While the Shrine is free of charge, the gardens do require a small entrance fee of 600-yen. It’s certainly worth the price to wander the stunning gardens and gaze through beautifully landscaped gardens, lakes and well-designed Japanese structures located throughout the gardens.

The ideal time to spend at Heian Shrine: 1-2 hours.

 

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine.

 

Yasaka Shrine

Free entry, Yasaka shrine is another stunning Japanese building that is worth your attention when visiting Kyoto. it’s a shrine full of colour, amazing structures and Japanese culture on display, especially with many locals and foreigners wandering around in their Kimono dresses.

The excitement levels go up another level at Yasaka Shrine, with the atmosphere getting louder as a guest to the shrine scramble to ring the sacred bells and partake in the special water, which is commonly seen during your Kyoto travel experience.

Inside is also a few market stalls and street foods readily available for purchase to get a much-needed energy boost. The day has just begun, so why not stock up.

The ideal time to spend at Yasaka Shrine: 1-hour.

 

The Yasaka Shrine

Kyoto Sightseeing at its best – Yasaka Shrine.

 

 

Kodai-Ji temple

More tradition, more history and this time, it’s Kodai-Ji Temple that gets worthy attention as the beauty goes up another level with this breathtaking temple.

The Kodai-Ji is mesmerising with many Japanese buildings, each with unique structures and is blended in beautifully with the mountains in the backdrop and the landscaped gardens that add to the pristine setting.

Established in 1606, in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, there is a lot of history inside Kodai-Ji, and it’s a privilege to be on the grounds of something so wonderful and ancient, with the old Sony Mirrorless camera getting a solid workout while taking many pictures of the temples, gardens and its very own bamboo grove.

A side-note, Kodai-Ji was undoubtedly my favourite temple to visit in Kyoto.

The Ideal Time to spend at Kodai-Ji Temple: 1-hour.

 

Kodai-ji

The picturesque Kodai-Ji Temple.

 

 

Ninenzaka

Another busy tourist attraction in the form of a street thoroughfare, Ninenzaka adds incredible culture and tradition that fits into the scene perfectly. The streets are buzzing with tourists, geishas and other locals that make moving along the busy strip near on impossible. The popular thoroughfare is made up of many shops, tea houses and food outlets that are decorated with amazing Japanese style housing and at the end of the road is the next tourist attraction, Kiyomizu-Dera.

 

Ninenzaka Street.

Ninenzaka Street.

 

 

Kiyomizu-Dera

Kiyomizu-Dera temple means “pure water” and is said to be the most attended temple in Kyoto. Judging by the crowds that gathered during my trip to the temple, there is no disputing that call.

The most popular thing to do at Kiyomizu-Dera is to go to one of the three waterfalls and touch the special water; by doing that, it’s believed it can give you magical powers, no wonder there is quite a queue.

It’s easy to see why the much-celebrated Kiyomizu-Dera temple is a popular choice for all visitors to Kyoto, not only for the wonderfully designed temple structures that are situated on the ground of Kiyomizu-Dera but the stunning backdrop of the mountains in the background helps create a picturesque setting making for terrific photos.

The temple was first founded in 778, with its present buildings being constructed in 1633, and it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1994.

The Ideal time to spend at Kiyomizue-Dera: 1-2 hours.

 

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The Kyoto Temple Tour includes Kiyomizuedera.

 

Kennin-Ji temple

Kennin-Ji Temple has a lot of history associated with it being founded in 1202. This fine temple is one of the oldest in Kyoto and is located in the Gion Geisha District, which means more women dressed in the traditional kimono dress.

Like most temples, it comes with a mixture of fine traditional Japanese structured buildings and is mixed in with a short garden walk that is quite popular in most attractions in the region.

The Ideal time to spend at Kennin-Ji temple: 30-mins to 1-hour.

 

Kennin-Ji Temple

Kennin-Ji Temple

 

Gion

Gion is known as the motherland of Geishas and is a Ninenzaka type street thoroughfare set-up, with plenty of souvenir shopping, tea houses and Japanese food outlets for a traditional Japanese experience through your travels.

Time to spend in Gion: 1-hour, perhaps longer if you want to chill for a while.

 

Gion

The streets of Gion.

Day 3 – Visit the biggest tourist hotspots in Kyoto

Without question, on day three of the Kyoto trip, I saw two of the biggest tourist attractions that there is to do in the region – Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Because 4 days in Kyoto is a hectic schedule, I recommend that you do the same thing.

Arashiyama is a little out of Kyoto and will take approximately 30-minutes to get there from the city centre, while Inari Shrine is situated closer to the city. It’s situated on the opposite side to Arashiyama and will take a good 40-minutes to get there by rail, depending on wait times for the train and changeover at Kyoto Station.

Let’s get into it, day three of your Kyoto trip Itinerary.

 

Arashiyama

Picturesque Arashiyama.

 

 

Arashiyama

Arashiyama is simply breathtaking. From the moment you get off the light train at Arashiyama, the natural beauty is there for all to see. In fact, you could easily spend a few days in the popular region rather than a few hours and create an Arashiyama Itinerary on top of your own Kyoto travel guide.

For the Arashiyama segment, as there are so many places to see, let’s go over a few of the noted highlights for your time in the picturesque area. As a side note, I only mention one temple below, but there are many others to see.

The Bamboo Forest Walk: The Bamboo Forest Walk is the first to mind when visiting Arashiyama. It’s a beautiful yet sometimes crowded walk depending on the time of day that you get there.

Many Bamboo trees are lined up on either side of the path as an entrance into the forest and create a beautiful sight that needs to be seen for yourself.

The Bamboo Forest Walk is free entry, one of the few attractions in Arashiyama, that is. No matter how large the crowds are during the day, a stroll through the Bamboo forest is unforgettable.

 

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An unforgettable journey in Arashiyama.

 

Tenryu-Ji Temple: The Tenryu-Ji Temple is one of the most popular temples in Arashiyama (naturally, there are many). It starts with a beautiful garden walk before arriving at the major temple building, which has unbelievable scenery surrounding it.

The temple was built in the year 1339 by the ruling leader Ashikaga Takauji. The main building itself overlooks a gorgeous lake with the gardens surrounding the main water feature. The mountains blend in perfectly in the background, and as I mentioned, it’s stunning.

 

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Tenryu Temple.

 

Okochi Sanso Garden: It cost a 1000-yen to enter the picturesque Okochi Sanso garden, but you won’t have any regrets once you hand the money over. The gardens were designed by a Japanese actor who created them specifically to be a film set in the picturesque settings on his own estate.

Not only is it a garden walk with plenty of nice Japanese buildings, but you also get a complimentary Green-tea cake and tea that is appreciated inside a boutique tea house surrounded by large bamboo trees.

It’s a relaxing atmosphere and one of my favourite attractions in Arashiyama; I could only imagine being so much better during the cherry blossom season when everything looks much prettier.

 

Okochi Sanso Garden

A Japanese house inside Okochi Sanso Garden.

 

Katsura River: The attractive Katsura River is full of activity, with many tourist boats flowing through the water and showing the tourists the surrounding areas of Arashiyama.

It’s a great time to get your camera out to click away while taking a gentle stroll along the banks of the river.

The Katsura River is the ideal location to have a bite to eat for lunch at a riverside restaurant and enjoy a bowl of ramen or other selections of Japanese food.

It’s even better unwinding with a glass of cold beer and enjoying the sounds of the Katsura River, which is in full view from where you are dining.

 

Katsura River

Katsura River.

 

Arashiyama Monkey Park: Who knew entering a monkey park would require some form of fitness, and that is exactly what you get when you enter the gates of the Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Before you even see a monkey for the first time, you need to hike up a hill for 20-minutes, and it will test your fitness out in the process.

The Monkey Park is a tad overrated; while there are a few large and tamed monkeys at the peak of the hill once you have completed the hike, I find that you get more distracted by the nice views of Kyoto City out in the distance.

 

Iwatayama Monkey Park.

Iwatayama Monkey Park.

 

Arashiyama back streets and town-centre walk: Wandering through Arashiyama is not only about the pleasant attractions or breathtaking temples, but a quiet walk along the backroads is also compulsory to view the unique township.

During your walk away from the crowds, you can witness many Japanese style housing with a few selling unique souvenirs of fine art or jewellery and stop in for a tea, coffee or a bite to eat at a selection of cafés along the streets.

The town centre of Arashiyama is packed with tourists, and plenty is going on in terms of retail shopping and restaurants. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to the ever-popular green tea ice cream sold in many locations throughout Arashiyama.

Time to spend in Arashiyama: Depending on your schedule, anything from a few hours to a couple of days.

 

Arashiyama

A traditional carriage is on one way to view the back streets of Arashiyama.

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Getting off the train at Inari station, the festival begins on the street with a range of expensive markets and food outlets available where ever you look. It won’t stop the tourists from getting their coins out for a bite of the expensive Japanese street food.

The main Shrine is a stunning feature with beautiful looking Japanese-style buildings with tourists gathering for the best possible photo shoot.

Good luck capturing a photo without a random stranger getting in the way of the picture, especially during the middle part of the day when people are everywhere.

After the main buildings, you ascend further into the shrine and into the area that makes Fushimi Inari Shrine popular for what it is.

I speak of the orange torii gates, the unique orange figures that are rowed in many numbers. You may have seen the famous gates in the hit movie “Memoirs of a Geisha,” during the scene when the young girl is running through gates before the movie moves into her adult years.

The orange Torii gates represent the staple of all holy Shinto sites. The Fushimi Inari Shrine has thousands of them on its grounds and eventually will turn into a large hike.

The hike through the gates takes around 2.4km kilometre in total, bypassing many gravesites and ringing bells, before walking ascending the hill to find more stunning views of Kyoto.

It’s an exhausting hike, and I encourage you to carry plenty of water throughout your hike. If you don’t, there are vending machines available throughout, but it does come at an excessive price for a 600ml bottle of water.

The admittance price for the shrine is complimentary.

Time to spend at the Fushimi Inari Shrine: 1-3 hours.

 

 

 

Fushimi Irani Shrine

    Fushimi Irani Shrine is popular for its Orange Torri Gates.
 

Day 4 – Historical attractions with a large presence

After a crazy amount of time exploring the region on days two and three, a laid-back approach is required on the fourth day of your Kyoto day trip out and about in the city, which is about avoiding the trains and using the bus services to get to Kyoto attractions, again using the same ICOCA Card you used for trains.

Kyoto sightseeing goes up another level on this occasion with the famous Kinkaku-Ji temple, Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace the centre of the attention for day four.

 

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Finishing up in Kyoto.

 

Kinkaku-Ji temple

A day in Kyoto is once again started with a temple visit, but you haven’t been to Kyoto unless you have seen Kinkaku-Ji.

The Kinkaku-Ji Temple is the number-one-rated temple in Kyoto, according to TripAdvisor, and when it comes to appearance, the Golden structure of the Temple is tucked away behind the picturesque lake and pleasant viewing of the mountains in the background, is certainly nothing short than spectacular.

You don’t need to be a world-class photographer to take a good photo of the Kinkaku-Ji, because this temple originally built in 1397 will take care of the rest for you.

In terms of other attractions to do around Kinkaku-Ji, there isn’t a great deal more to do there than to gaze your eyes at a delightful golden temple that is a must-see and worth the admittance price alone.

Soon enough, you’ll be back on the number-bus, which takes you directly to the next attraction in Nijo Castle.

The ideal time to spend at Kinkaku-Ji temple: 1-hour. 

 

Kinkaku-Ji temple

Kinkaku-Ji temple.

 

Nijo Castle

Castles in Japan!!! There are a few, and Nijo Castle situated in Central Kyoto is a must-see attraction for all tourists.

There is plenty to see inside and outside the castle, whether it’s the stunning design of the buildings, the moat surrounding the castle, the lookout towers on each corner of the castle, the beautifully landscaped gardens and the amazing artwork inside of the main building.

It’s an educated day out visiting the centuries-old Nijo Castle, which has an entrance fee of 600-yen.

It’s another reason to fall in love with Kyoto, as there is lots of history to gain knowledge of inside the castle, with various types of artwork throughout different rooms.

For example, the fine paintings of tigers used in the waiting room, which in the 1600s were used to intimidate the guests of usually Korean or Chinese origins, found those animals most fearsome. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed to be taken inside the main halls.

The ideal time to spend in Nijo Castle: 2-3 hours.

 

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle.

 

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Last but not least, because there are many things to explore, is the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Another attraction that contains more tradition, more history and more splendid buildings that were reconstructed at these grounds of Imperial Park in 1865.

The Palace, which is free to enter and comes with complimentary guided tours in both Japanese or English, is situated on the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Park, which contains views of well-landscaped gardens and the buildings of the Imperial Palace.

There is plenty of places to see inside a four-day trip to Kyoto, and even on this list of places, it would be ideally covered over five days because there is not a lot of time for rest.

Often in travels, time is not always on our side unless you’re staying at a luxury resort that is made for relaxing. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this detailed itinerary of Kyoto and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.

 

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace.

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Incredible Things to do in Kyoto That Won’t Break the Bank – Japan

Incredible Things to do in Kyoto That Won’t Break the Bank – Japan

Kyoto in Japan is full of amazing places and attractions that must be seen, check out these list of things to do in Kyoto that won’t break the bank.

 

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Do you need to prepare for an upcoming trip to Japan by knowing a list of things to do in Kyoto that won’t break the bank, you have come to the right place in search of a few activities, attractions and beautiful places that can be ideal for any traveller who visits the picturesque city of Japan.

We all know that travelling in Japan can be somewhat costly, that’s not to say that there aren’t amazing things to do in the country that won’t hurt your wallet too much.

The same can be said about the popular tourist city in Kyoto, which is one attraction rolled into another, with the hectic city often keeping you on your feet as you rush around to visit all the amazing places to visit in the region.

Kyoto is a stunning location full of amazing scenery, particularly in the cherry blossom season, there are eye-catching temples that have the incredible infrastructure and a vibrant city centre with a mixture of culture, tradition and modern entity.

Let’s check it out without wasting a further moment of your time, a list of the best things to do in Kyoto that won’t break the bank.

 

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Incredible Things to do in Kyoto That Won’t Break the Bank.

 

 

Incredible Things to do in Kyoto that won’t break the bank

 

Visit unbelievable Temples

Many temples are situated in and around Kyoto, and often they are located in beautiful locations that are tucked away near unbelievable scenery and highlands.

Many tourists make their way to the temples to catch a glimpse of the incredible infrastructure and designs of the stylish buildings, with each temple visited having their own unique appeal.

Cost: Most temples in Kyoto come with a small entrance fee with the price ranging from 300-600 yen, the admission price is always worth it.

Temples of note to visit in Kyoto

Kinkaku-ji Temple
Kodai-Ji Temple
Tenryu-Ji Temple
Ryoan-Ji Temple

 

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The Tenryu-Ji Temple

The Tenryu-Ji Temple in Arashiyama.

 

 

Be mesmerised by Kiyomizudera

Kiyomizudera may be another temple, but this stunning attraction offers so much more than its amazing buildings that captivate this specific area of Kyoto. In the lead up to Kiyomizudera.

In the lead up, there is a busy pedestrian thoroughfare where many tourists and locals are dressed up as Geisha’s in their fine traditional kimono dress, with plenty of markets and food outlets situated along the busy street.

Further, in the Kiyomizudera temple, you’ll find sensational views that overlook the whole Kyoto region.

Cost: Entry to into the main Kiyomizudera temple with the sacred water will cost 300-yen, however, if you want to roam about the temples and witness the stunning views, that will cost you nothing.

 

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Kiyomizudera and Beautiful Kyoto City in Japan.

 

 

Explore Arashiyama on the outskirts of Kyoto

Arashiyama is one of the hottest spots to visit in Kyoto or Japan for that matter with amazing scenery, temples, a bamboo forest, beautiful gardens, a monkey forest and a unique township that offers extra vibrancy to the area.

You can make sure to check it out when on vacation in Kyoto and go exploring the picturesque area of Arashiyama.

Cost: Free to roam about the area, but many attractions will cost between 300-600 yen to enter. Find hotels in Arashiyama on Booking.com.

 

Places of Interest to visit in Arashiyama

Bamboo Grove
Okochi Sanso Garden
Monkey Park
Iwatayama
Tenryu-Ji Temple

 

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View the stunning scenery of Arashiyama in Kyoto.

 

 

Wander the grounds of Heian and Yasaka Shrine

The Heian and Yasaka Shrines offer more incredible snap-worthy infrastructure which can be visited one after the other, being located only 15-minutes apart by foot.

The Heian Shrine is a quieter attraction that comes with a sensation garden that is compulsory viewing, while the Yasaka Shrine offers vibrancy with many tourists due to its central area to other nearby attractions in Kyoto which include Kodaiji and Kiyomizudera.

Cost: Both shrines are free to roam about at will, however, it will cost 600-yen to enter the delightful Heian Shrine Gardens. Absolutely worth it and a must do in Kyoto.

 

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The Heian Shrine Garden.

 

 

Explore the city streets of Kyoto

The city streets of Kyoto can be fascinating, to say the least, in areas you have modern style areas with flush shopping malls, modern business districts and fine-dining restaurants.

Then, there are the quiet back streets that have a real Japanese feel about it, with traditional housing, restaurants and local business set-up throughout back streets. the best part about the whole of Kyoto city is its cleanliness, but that is a common trait in Japan.

Cost: Free to explore and roam the city streets to see the top things to do in Kyoto.

Best Places to go in Kyoto City

Kyoto Station
Nijo Castle
Nishiki Market
Downtown Kyoto (for shopping)
Kyoto Tower

 

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Walk the streets of Kyoto.

 

 

Visit Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle is a popular attraction for tourist with its central location to the city which is easily accessible by train and bus.

It’s a must to add Nijo Castle to the list and view the classic architecture of the buildings, the surrounding gardens and the fine artwork on display inside the main castle.

Cost: It cost 600-yen to enter the gates of Nijo Castle.

 

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Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle.

 

Check out the Kyoto Imperial Palace

Located in the Imperial Park and only a stone throw from Nijo Castle, the Kyoto Imperial Palace is another historic attraction that was once used to house the Emperor of Japan.

In this Palace, you can view more unique structures and beautiful gardens during you walk through a kingdom fit for an Emperor.

Cost: Free entry and includes an optional free tour with an English guide through the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

 

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace.

 

 

Go for a stroll along Kamo River

If you are someone who loves to take a relaxing stroll in the great outdoors, you’ll love to wander the banks of the Kamo River and admire the picturesque scenery that surrounds you and traditional Japanese restaurants on the other side.

It’s a popular spot to relax at the river side, listen to music from your smartphone and chill in Kyoto for a little while.

Cost: It’s absolutely nothing to lose a few calories and enjoy a relaxing stroll on the banks of Kamo River.

 

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Kamo River in Kyoto Japan, all those structures on the left are famous Japanese restaurants that will cost a bit.

 

Get cultural in a variety of Pedestrian Thoroughfares

Tourist and locals saturate the popular pedestrian thoroughfares that are located in the Kyoto city and create a lively atmosphere on the streets.

Whether you are roaming about during the day or making the most of the popular nightlife, these thoroughfares offers marketplaces, street food, tea houses and a cultural dining experience to give the tourist a real Japanese treat.

Cost: free to lose yourself in a wave of people and explore the popular tourist streets of Kyoto.

Pedestrian thoroughfares to visit

Gion
Ninenzaka

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Wander Ninenzaka, a popular pedestrian thoroughfare.

 

 

Divulge in Delicious Japanese Food

Japanese food, that’s right, delicious Japanese food, Kyoto Style. Who doesn’t love to try a variety of food in a range of budgets at stylish restaurants, street food or lavish food courts and divulge in tasty local foods.

Get those noodles, soup and sushi into you and enjoy nice cold Asahi beer while your at it. Why not? You’re on holidays.

Cost: Choose your own budget on this one, the prices can vary.

 

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Try various Japanese foods at different budgets.

 

 

Get lost inside Fushimi Inari Taisha

One of the most visited attractions in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine mesmerises with it elegantly designed structures and the famous Orange Torii Gates that creates a walk to remember.

In Fushimi, there is over 10K gates to walk through inside several kilometres of track to conquer to see them all, that is if you have the stamina of course.

Cost: Free to wander and take an incredible walk through the famous Torii Gates that is seen in the 2005 movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”.

 

There you have it, incredible things to do in Kyoto that won’t break the bank, because even in Japan, you can enjoy a fantastic adventure without spending too much money.

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The Orange Torri Gates at Fushimi Irani Shrine.

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Osaka-Kyoto Diaries: Days 3-4 – An Unforgettable Journey in Kyoto

Osaka-Kyoto Diaries: Days 3-4 – An Unforgettable Journey in Kyoto

When I made the decision that Japan was going to be the next country to visit, Kyoto became a priority. I had heard so much about the region, in ways of its temples, picturesque scenery and the beautiful streets of the city area, I knew the conclusion could only be one thing, an unforgettable journey in Kyoto.

Unforgettable for all the places that I visited in Kyoto and still there are so many attractions I didn’t have time to get to, in which I can only hope that I get back there soon enough. Unforgettable that was indeed the first city I visited on my first trip to Japan, and I was desperate that the journey in Kyoto was going to be a fitting experience.

With Kyoto concluding for this trip in Japan and Osaka looming next, it was vital that I got the most out the whole expansive region of Kyoto in days three and four of the trip. Indeed I did with the most exciting attractions in Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari Shrine, dining out with tasty Japanese food and checking out a few local markets with unique merchandise on sale.

It’s the second edition Osaka-Kyoto Diaries, and I can tell you from my perspective that it was an unforgettable journey in Kyoto that never stopped over this busy two-day period. Let’s check out the highlights of Kyoto.

 

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unforgettable jounrey in Kyoto.

An unforgettable jounrey in Kyoto.

 

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Being Mesmerised by Arashiyama

Arashiyama was the absolute highlight of my time in Kyoto; in fact, Japan, it’s simply breathtaking. From the moment I got off the light train at Arashiyama from the city area, natural beauty was all with mind-blowing tradition was around me. So much, in fact, I could have spent a few days in the field rather than a few hours, which was all the time I could afford with the limited time I had in Kyoto.

For Arashiyama, I would go through with you a few of the highlights of the few hours I spent in a lovely part of japan and helped bring about an unforgettable journey in Kyoto.

temples in Arashiyama

Many temples are in Arashiyama.

 

  • The Bamboo Forest Walk: The Bamboo Forest Walk is what most people think of when it comes to visiting Arashiyama. It’s a beautiful, yet crowded walk, with many Bamboo trees, lined up on either side of the path as an entrance into the forest. It’s a beautiful sight, there is no doubt about it, yet it is a tourist attraction that is packed with many tourist, and I wasn’t even there during the peak times of the year, which is Autumn or Spring.
    The Bamboo Forest Walk is free to enter, one of the few attractions in Arashiyama that is complimentary, and no matter the crowds that stroll through the Bamboo forest walk, it is an unforgettable walk.

 

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Look ahead to all the tall bamboos.

 

  • Tenryu-Ji Temple: The Tenryu-Ji Temple is my favourite temple in Arashiyama. It starts with a beautiful garden walk before arriving at the major temple, which is a pretty picture. Built in the year 1339 by the ruling leader Ashikaga Takauji, the main building itself overlooks a gorgeous lake with gardens around it and the mountains not too far away.
    Just a side note, I wandered into a few temples in Arashiyama, they were all quite lovely in their way and on top of that, there are many other temples in the area I couldn’t get to, most temples do come with an entrance fee from around 300 yen.
Tenru-Ji Temple.

The picturesque Tenru-Ji Temple.

 

  • Okochi Sanso Garden: The 1000-yen entrance fee can seem a little pricey but is more than worth the price alone inside this stunning garden layout that was designed by a Japanese actor who created a film set in the picturesque settings on his estate.
    Not only is it a garden walk with plenty of nice Japanese themed-buildings attached to the spacious attraction, but you also get a complimentary Green-tea cake and tea which is put on in the most splendid of locations with bamboo trees nearby. It’s a relaxing atmosphere and one of my favourite attractions in Arashiyama; I could only imagine being so much better during the cherry blossom season.

 

Okochi Sanso Garden

Okochi Sanso Garden.

 

  • Katsura River: The Katsura River, is extensive, it’s large, it’s picturesque and full of activity of tourist boats flowing through the water and showing the tourists the stunning surrounds of Arashiyama. It’s a great time to get your camera out to click away and even get in a selfie or two while taking a stroll along the banks of the river.
    The Katsura River is a perfect spot have a bite to eat for lunch at a riverside restaurant, to enjoy a bowl of ramen or other selections of Japanese food, with a cold glass beer, while also enjoying the sounds of the River which is in full view from where I had my bowl of Japanese noodle soup.

 

Katsura River

I am enjoying ramen on the Katsura River.

 

  • Arashiyama Monkey Park: It’s the survival of the fittest when you enter the gates of the Arashiyama Monkey Park, I say that because before you even have your first glimpse of a monkey, you need to hike up the hill for a 20-minutes and it will undoubtedly have you feeling the strain on your legs.
    In my own humble opinion, the Monkey Park was a tad overrated, while there are a few large and tamed monkeys at the peak of the hill once you have completed the hike, I found that I got distracted by the views of the city of Kyoto in the distance.

 

Arashiyama Monkey Park

Arashiyama Monkey Park.

 

  • Arashiyama back streets and town-centre walk: Wandering through Arashiyama is not only about the pleasant attractions or temples, having a quiet walk along the backroads is a must too to view the unique township. At this time, you can witness many Japanese style housing with a few selling unique souvenirs of fine art or jewellery or stop in for a tea, coffee or a bite to eat at a selection of cafés in the area.
    Arashiyama

    Take a wander down the back streets of Arashiyama.

     

 

The town centre in Arashiyama is packed with tourists, and while I didn’t spend a great deal of time on the streets, plenty is going on in terms of retail shopping and restaurants, it’s also the perfect time to treat yourself to the ever-popular green tea ice-cream. It’s delicious.

 

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Lose yourself at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Without question, I saw two of the major tourist attractions in Kyoto on the same day, in the latter part of the afternoon, I was making my way over to the other side of the city and visiting the spectacular Fushimi Inari Shrine. I’m sure most of you have seen pictures of this shrine in the past.

I had read only a little about the shrine when researching Kyoto, but I didn’t get into too much information on what was on offer at Fushimi Inari Shrine and nor did I expect it to turn into quite the hike. From getting off the train at Inari station, the festival begins on the street with a range of markets and food outlets, which for street food doesn’t come cheap at all, but the thousands of tourists are still getting their coins out for a taste of tasty Japanese cuisine.

The Shrine is, of course, a stunning feature with beautiful looking Japanese style buildings that have tourists gathering for the best possible photo shoot, good luck capturing a photo without a random stranger not getting in the way of the picture, especially during the heat of the day when people are everywhere.

Then you ascend further into the shrine to the area that makes Fushimi so accessible, I speak of the orange torii gates. You know the orange looking figures that rowed in many numbers, and you may have seen in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha,” the orange gates represent the staple of all holy Shinto sites and Fushimi Inari Shrine has thousands of them on their grounds.

It’s at this point I meet an Armenian man, a solo traveller like me, and we go hiking through the 2.4km kilometre trek through the gates, past the grave sites and further up the hill to capture views of Kyoto city, this time on this opposite side of Arashiyama. We even managed to find ourselves lost at one point which made the trek a little longer and exhausting. With all the food I was eating and green tea ice-cream, it was good to lose a few extra calories.

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for its Orange Torii Gates.

The Picturesque Kinkaku-Ji Temple

Day four in Kyoto started with another temple, why not, they’re everywhere in Kyoto, and that’s not a bad thing because they are breathtaking in their unique design.

The kinkaku-Ji Templeis the number one rated temple in Kyoto, at least according to TripAdvisor and when it comes to appearance, the Golden Temple that is tucked away behind large lake and with the mountains in the background, it certainly nothing short than spectacular. You won’t need to be a world-class photographer to take a good photo of the Kinkaku-Ji temple, because this temple that was originally built in 1397 will take care of the rest.

In terms of other attractions to do around Kinkaku-Ji, there isn’t a great deal more to do there than to gaze your eyes at a delightful golden structure, albeit worth it. If you’re anything like me you’ll be back on the bus number 12 within the hour and off to the next attraction, which wasn’t a temple in this case. 

 

Kinkaku-Ji temple.

Step into History at Nijo Castle

Castles in Japan!!! well, there are few in the country, and Nijo Castle in Central Kyoto is a must-see attraction.

Again, I had to be prepared to walk along the grounds of Nijo castle because there was plenty to see inside and outside the castle. Whether it’s the stunning design of the buildings, the moat surrounding the castle, the lookout towers situated on the corner of the castle, the beautifully landscaped gardens, and the fantastic artwork on the inside of the castle buildings, it’s not a wasted trip visiting the centuries-old Nijo Castle which does require an entrance fee of 600-yen.

For me, it’s another reason to fall in love with Kyoto, the Nijo Castle is filled with lots of history and it’s noticeable when you go inside the main walls of the castle. Inside, you’re mesmerised by the artwork of various types as you venture through different rooms, for example, the beautiful paintings of tigers used in the waiting room, used in the 1600s to intimidate the guests of usually Korean or Chinese origins. Photos were not allowed to be taken inside the main castle area.

Nijo Castle was undoubtedly in the top-five attractions I visited in Kyoto and getting there certainly helps when the castle is in a central location, I can certainly recommend it to other tourists who come to the area.

 

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle.

Wander through the Spacious Grounds of the Imperial Palace

The last attraction I saw in Kyoto, albeit there is plenty more to see and four days in Kyoto is undoubtedly not enough. Anyway, the last stop in Kyoto for me was the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Another attraction with more tradition, more history and more splendid buildings which were reconstructed at these grounds in 1865

The Palace, which is free to enter and comes with complimentary guided tours in Japanese/English, is situated on the grounds of the Kyoto Imperial Park, it’ll take about an hour or two of your time to wander around the vast palace, views a few beautiful gardens and of course the buildings of the Imperial Palace. I certainly enjoyed another history lesson in Kyoto, which is one big history lesson.

 

It was a special four days in Kyoto, a city with such history, proud tradition and most of all beautiful scenery that will forever remain unforgettable in the memory bank. Sadly, it ends the Kyoto leg of my journey in Japan, a bit too premature for my liking because there was still so much I needed to see. Next up is Osaka and I can’t wait for the next edition of Osaka-Kyoto Diaries. 

 

Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Kyoto Imperial Palace.

 

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Osaka-Kyoto Diaries – Days 1-2 – Visiting Japan for the Very First Time

Osaka-Kyoto Diaries – Days 1-2 – Visiting Japan for the Very First Time

Visiting Japan has always been a lifelong ambition of mine and one that needed to be crossed off the bucket list long ago. I’m not sure what it is that has given me the tingles when it comes to this amazing country with proud tradition and culture, whether it has been watching a few movies based in Japan, admiring the beautiful pictures on a website or studying about ancient Japan in school. Whatever the fascination I have finally made it.

As soon as I stepped foot off the Singapore Airline aeroplane, I can add to ever increasing the list of countries that I have been to, when in June 2018, I had my first chance of visiting Japan for the very first time. I did take full advantage to make the trip, and even in these early days, with weary eyes from a long flight, I was not going to waste a minute.

As tempting as I was to see Tokyo, on this occasion I couldn’t fit the capital city on the itinerary. Instead, I had to settle for the former capital city in Kyoto and Osaka as the chosen destinations and explore as much as possible two vastly different cities on the Japanese island of Honshu in the Kansai Region.

Let’s get stuck into it, the first edition of Osaka – Kyoto Diaries, days one and two and it was straight to Kyoto, a region of great beauty and culture. I couldn’t have imagined a better location to kick off my debut trip to Japan in the next edition of travel diaries. 

 

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Visiting Japan and exploring Kyoto straight off the plane.

 

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Getting to Osaka and Onwards to Kyoto

I flew into Osaka’s Kansai International Airport flying Singapore Airlines for the first time and I must admit in the build-up to the flight, I was excited to be flying with a significant airline over the budget airlines I usually travel with, where on this occasion I didn’t have to worry about luggage, seats and in-flight meals.

The eagerly awaited flight lived up to Singapore Airlines proud standards and while it was a long journey travelling from Perth, Australia, to Singapore for a five-hour transit and followed by a six-hour overnight flight to Osaka, Japan, the long hours were worth it as I took my first steps in Japan.

I didn’t have time to check out Osaka, with my prepared itinerary, I headed straight to Kyoto by train, which in total, including any wait times, took around 90-minutes from the Kansai International Airport. The trip to Japan had well and truly begun.

Let’s get the adventure started. I’m excited.

 

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On the train bypassing Osaka onwards to Kyoto.

 

Accommodation in Kyoto – Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo

I found this boutique accommodation through the Booking.com website with mostly positive reviews coming from the previous guests.

The Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is a boutique hotel situated in a central location and is close by to a handful of attractions in Kyoto such as Nijo Castle and Nishiki Markets. Mitsui was the perfect stay for a solo traveller in a single room; it’s clean, affordable enough for a 3-star hotel in Japan and a comfortable bed with a warm shower. It’s all I needed for time in Kyoto and good night sleep. Let’s face it; I won’t spend too much time in my small room during the day.

 

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo,

A miniature garden set up at the Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo.

 

It Begins at Nishiki Market

The Nishiki Market is the only major attraction I saw on my first evening in Kyoto, besides taking a stroll around parts of the city. Although I was eager to get out further in Kyoto, I am only human, and I needed a good night’s rest ahead of a busy few days. Spoiler alert, I walk many kilometres in the three days full days I spend in Kyoto.

Nishiki Market has a friendly upbeat vibe about it, in areas of the markets, many people are moving in all directions who are out in the unique street market and having a good time. Inside Nishiki Markets is a range of Japanese food of either grilled meats, sushi, crepes, ramen and plenty of other tasty eats with lots of green tea ice-cream in many locations.

As well as great food available at a reasonable price, Japan is not cheap; there are many Japanese style souvenirs shops that sell stylish chopsticks, Japanese style arts and many other goods that you may be tempted to take home with you for the memory of your holiday in Kyoto. For the first night in Kyoto, I was impressed with the atmosphere in a small part of Kyoto that I saw.

 

Nishiki Market

Great food in Nishiki Market.

The Delightful Heian Shrine

Up and out of bed early on day-two visiting Japan, on this day and in the next few days I had a lot of sightseeing to do and places to go in Kyoto.  The first whole day in Kyoto was on the eastern side of the city where many gorgeous temples and shrines awaited, as well as the mountains that overlooked the surrounding area; it’s all very picturesque.

A solid thirty-minute walk away from the hotel, maybe more, I started with the Heian Jingu Shrine, breathtaking can’t even begin to explain how gorgeous this shrine looked and getting there beautiful and early meant the crowds hadn’t gathered in too much. That’s the key to most attractions in Kyoto, get in soon if you can get out of bed early enough because the crowds do come.

The primary shrine area is a decorated Japanese building that is great in its texture and colour, was built a relatively short time ago, regarding history, in 1895. The Shrine had been built in dedication to the emperor’s who reined in Kyoto, and there are four main buildings which are separated and sit horizontally to each other, with white limestone type flooring outside the grounds of the shrine.

For me, the best part is the gardens around the back and sides, while entering the shrine is free of charge. The gardens have a small entrance fee of 600 yen, and it’s certainly worth the admission fee to view the stunning gardens and wander through beautifully landscaped gardens, lakes and well-designed Japanese structures that are worth the admission price alone.

 

the Heian Jingu Shrine

The Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto

Visiting the Yasaka Shrine

The crowds had indeed gone up a notch by the time I had reached The Yasaka Shrine, and it was undoubtedly a more buoyant atmosphere by the time I reached this particular shrine with many tourists, locals and quite a few Japanese women dressed very nicely and appropriately in the Geisha dress.

The Yasaka shrine, which is free to enter, is undoubtedly another fabulous Japanese building that is worth the time in Kyoto, it’s a shrine full of colour, unusual structures and plenty of Japanese culture on display. In my own opinion, it didn’t quite reach the heights of the Heian Shrine. However, it’s still worth the visit as is most attractions in Kyoto.

Also to note, in the same vicinity of the ofthe Yasaka Shrine, is the Maruyama Park and Chion-in Temple which will undoubtedly help occupy a few hours of your time for a pleasant stroll in the outdoors, before heading to the next attraction only a little down the road, and it is breathtaking.

 

The Yasaka Shrine.

The Picturesque Kodaiji Temple

More tradition, more history, I felt spoilt on day two in Japan with another fabulous historical attraction to feast my eyes on in Kyoto. This time I entered was the Kodai-Ji Temple. The temple is a mesmerising Japanese building with many different beautiful and unique structures; it’s blended in beautifully with the mountains in the backdrop and naturally very well landscaped gardens, the admission price is undoubtedly worth the fee for the picturesque temple and its surroundings.

Established in 1606, in memory of a man named Toyotomi Hideyoshi, there is a lot of history inside Kodai-Ji, and it’s a pleasure and privilege to be in the grounds of something so beautiful and ancient. I know I will treasure this place for a long time to come with many of my photos taken to be stored away for future memories.

Of all the temples that I have seen in Kyoto during my brief stay, Kodai-Ji was my favourite, make sure you put it on your list whenever visiting the region.

 

The Kodai-Ji Temple

The Kodai-Ji Temple.

The traditional Ninenzaka

Another busy tourist attraction and this time it’s in the form of a street market set-up that is buzzing with tourist, geishas and other locals that make moving down the street near on impossible.

Ninenzaka is a long stretch of road with many shops and food outlets that are surrounded by amazing Japanese style housing which in term leads to the next major tourist attraction in Kyoto, Kiyomizu-Dera.

 

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Ninenzaka Street.

Ninenzaka Street. 

 

The Stunning Kiyomizu-Dera

The crowds went to another level at Kiyomizu-Dera and a lot of that had to do with the school students who were out and about on a field trip and the students even enjoyed approaching me to be included in a photo or two. My humble self certainly felt like a celebrity for all but a minute, I was certainly flattered.

Kiyomizu-Dera temple which means “pure water” is said to be the most attended temple in Kyoto and judging by the crowds in presence, I would say that’s the truth. The most popular thing to do at Kiyomizu-Dera is to go to one of the three waterfalls and touch the special water. It’s believed to give you magical powers upon touching the pure water and waiting line suggest that the belief in that theory is strong.

The Kiyomizu-Dera temple is a popular choice for all visitors, the temple is situated in the mountains, with lovely designed infrastructures and an electric atmosphere that seemed to have been brought over from the streets of Ninenzaka. One thing to know when standing inside the Kiyomizu-Dera temple, that it was founded in the year 778, that was over 1200-years ago. To be in a country with such rich history is phenomenal.

 

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple.

A Walk through Gion  

Gion is known as the motherland of Geishas, although on this occasion I saw no more or less in other attractions throughout the day in Kyoto. The Gion set-up is like Ninenzaka, which is another street style set up with plenty of souvenir shopping and Japanese food outlets.

A lot of these street markets generally do lead to a major attraction. So, follow the road of culture and Japanese style housing, and you’re bound to be on track to another fantastic attraction, case in point, Kennin-Ji Temple is next.

 

Gion

The streets of Gion.

 

Kenninji Temple

On day two it had come to this, two shrines, three temples and a couple of street markets. Kennin-Ji temple was probably the least profile of the temples I visited on day-two, but when you compare it to the Kiyomizu-Dera and the Kodai-Ji Temple, you could be judging it harshly.

I had no plans of stopping by, but walking the streets of Kyoto back to the hotel, I stumbled across it by accident and said, “why not,” what’s another temple to the list.

Kennin-Ji Temple certainly has a lot of history associated with it, being founded in 1202 and once again like most temples in the area, it’s a mixture of beautiful traditional buildings, mixed in with a short garden walk, that’s without the close by surrounding mountains as the temple is situated close to the city centre.  

It was an action-packed day one and in particular, day two in Kyoto and it only has me chomping at the bit for what’s install for days three and four before I head off to my next destination in Osaka. Until then, stay tuned for the next edition of travel diaries in Japan.

 

Kennin-Ji Temple

Outside the Kennin-Ji Temple.

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